KUANTAN: A single mother fell victim to a scam and suffered losses of over RM170,400 after meeting an individual through social media.
Pahang police chief Datuk Seri Yahaya Othman said the 40-year-old civil servant met a man known as “Fahad Ramzan” on Instagram last month.
He said the two then got in touch through WhatsApp and the man promised to marry her.
“A few weeks later, the man borrowed RM1,500 from her on the pretext of paying his hospital bill and promised to repay her.
“He continued to ask for money by cooking up various excuses and the woman made nine cash transactions, totalling over RM170,400,” he said in a statement yesterday, Bernama reported.Yahaya said the woman, upon realising she had been cheated, lodged a report at the Bentong district police headquarters on Sunday. The case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code.
He advised the public not to entertain unknown individuals or easily trust acquaintances via social media.